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Lawmakers Have Improving Economy as They Begin Fall Budget Hearings

OCTOBER 13, 2004 - Posted at 7:37 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Legislators are getting started on budget hearings, and they have to figure out a way to apply for court-ordered improvements to public school facilities.  Those improvements could have a price tag in the billions of dollars.

House and Senate members say they will look at bare-bones budgets for state agencies, in light of the education outlays they face.

Earlier this year in a special session, the Legislature raised the state sales tax by seven-eighths of a cent as part of a $370 million tax increase in response to a state Supreme Court order to overhaul the state's public education system.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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